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Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings: First Quarter Open Thread

Larry French


Date: 15 Dec 2013
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Time: 12:00 PM Central Stadium: HHH Metrodome
DirecTV Ch 706
Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch 225
Sirius Ch 92
TV Announcers: Kenny Albert
Daryl Johnston
Know Thy Foe: Bleeding Green Nation
Line: Philadelphia -6.5, O/U 50.5 (thanks to the SB Nation Odds page)
Chris' Prediction: Eagles 41, Vikings 24
Final Score:

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This is the second-to-last game in Metrodome history, and a very hot Philadelphia Eagles team rolls into the Metrodome to take on the Minnesota Vikings. The line for this one started out with the Eagles as a 3-point favorite, so things have changed quite a bit over the past couple of days.

So, what do the Vikings need to do in order to pull off what would be a pretty significant upset?

1) The pass rush has to get to Nick Foles - Foles has been a revelation for the Eagles since taking over the starting quarterback job from an injured Michael Vick. Foles has thrown 20 touchdown passes this season and one. . .yes, uno. . .interception in 2013. For a Vikings' secondary that's (potentially) looking at having Marcus Sherels, Robert Blanton, and Shawn Prater as their top three corners in this one, it is incumbent on the pass rush to try to force mistakes from Foles, because the secondary might find themselves overmatched.

2) Make the most of your opportunities - While the Eagles are pretty good in terms of points allowed defensively, they are towards the bottom of the league in yards allowed, as well as against the pass. One of the keys for the Vikings in this one is to get some sustained drives and keep that Eagles' offense off of the field. When the Vikings gain that yardage, however, they need to put the ball into the end zone and not settle for field goals.

3) Get the ball to Cordarrelle Patterson any way you can - The Vikings will be without both Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart for this one. If, for whatever reason, neither of them can go, the Vikings are going to be missing a big chunk of their offense, which makes it more important to get the ball to the guy that might be their biggest playmaker. We saw what Patterson was capable of last week against the Baltimore Ravens, and he could provide the spark the Vikings need in the absence of both Gerhart and Peterson.

I don't know if I like the Vikings' chances in this one, folks. Yes, I know that Harrison Smith is coming back in the secondary, but with Xavier Rhodes and Chris Cook likely out, there will be plenty of other secondary issues to overcome. Few teams in the NFL right now are as hot as the Eagles are, and it will take a lot for the Vikings to cool them off. But, stranger things have happened. . .maybe one of them will happen today.